Following his "silly hand" celebration after scoring against Valencia and Everton, Mateo Kovacic has revealed that family was the reason for his celebration.
The Chelsea midfielder first netted in the 2-2 draw against Valencia in the Champions League and followed that up with another against Everton as he celebrated both goals with a "silly hand" celebration.
In an interview with the club's official portal, Kovacic revealed the reason behind his celebration, "I’ve had the celebration prepared for a while because I didn’t score last season!
"It’s actually for my nieces. I have two nieces, one of which has Down’s Syndrome, and they do that [hand action] with me a lot. I love her a lot and the celebration was for them.
"It’s nice when you score and you can celebrate with the family. They have waited a long time but now I hope I can continue like that."
Mateo Kovačić:— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) December 10, 2019
🗣 "I've had this celebration planned for a while because I didn't score last season. It's actually for my nieces. I have two nieces, one of which has Down’s Syndrome and they do that [hand action] with me a lot. I love her a lot and the celebration was for them." pic.twitter.com/nVOyzRbELu